Saturday, 6 June 2009


Lying at anchor off the village of Kilmun, the Jubilee Sailing Trust's square-rigged tall ship LORD NELSON was spending the night in the Holy Loch before crossing to Greenock and the conclusion of another voyage. She was ordered in 1984 from the James W Cook yard at Wivenhoe, and launched in 1985. However, as the shipyard was in the process of closing down - liquidators had already been appointed - the decision was taken to complete LORD NELSON elsewhere, and the task was undertaken by Vosper Thorneycroft at Woolton. She was eventually handed over to the Jubilee Sailing Trust in 1986. Part of the ethos of her owners is to allow people with physical or sensory impairments to take a full and active part in sailing, and to date more than 24,000 individuals have enjoyed sailing aboard LORD NELSON. A similar but newer ship - TENACIOUS - is also operated by the Trust, and she is often under the command of Captain Barbara Campbell, who lives in Dunoon.